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Plato's Closet And Once Upon A Child Rated Top Retail Franchises By Entrepreneur Magazine »

January 29, 2015 at 9:01AM PST | Source: Plato's Closet

For the Fifth Year in a Row, Both Resale Stores Rank in the Top 150 on the Magazine's Reputable 36th Annual Franchise 500® List
January 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS – With the economy slowly recovering, consumers are gradually becoming more comfortable spending money. However, even with the economy starting to bounce back, one retail category that has proven it's here to stay through thick and thin is resale stores. With celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel, Julia Roberts and Lorde publicly discussing how much they enjoy shopping at resale stores, along with parents constantly on the lookout for more cost effective ways to shop for their children, the demand for resale stores continues to climb.
A strong indication of this trend is the continual success and growth of niche resale stores such as Plato's Closet® and Once Upon A Child®, which are franchised by Winmark Corporation...

Pancheros Donates Over 5,000 Burritos For Iowa-Based University Charity Initiatives »

January 29, 2015 at 8:54AM PST | Source: Pancheros Mexican Grill
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Fresh-Mexican Restaurant Sponsors Four Iowa Universities' Dance Marathon To Benefit Local Children's Hospital
January 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // CORALVILLE, Iowa – Pancheros Mexican Grill (www.pancheros.com), a fast casual Mexican restaurant known for creating mouthwatering burritos, is proud to once again lend a helping hand to local universities by donating food for the annual Dance Marathons supporting the Children's Miracle Network. Pancheros will donate over 5,000 burritos to Grand View University, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa, to fuel hungry dancers through the night. All collective funds from the event will benefit the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
Pancheros provides a distinctive fresh-Mexican dining experience with highlights such as their signature fresh-pressed tortillas and flavorful burritos...

Wayback Burgers Strengthens Partnership With Stearns Bank To Help Franchisees Obtain Financing »

January 29, 2015 at 8:47AM PST | Source: Wayback Burgers
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Better Burger Brand Committed to Supporting its Current and Future Franchisees Nationwide
January 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Cheshire, CT – Wayback Burgers, recognized as one of the most aggressive and ambitious "better burger" brands in the United States, has announced a strengthened partnership with Stearns Bank, a leading provider of small business loans, business banking and equipment leasing, to assist its franchisees in obtaining bank financing.
Since launching the partnership in 2014, Stearns Bank has provided financing for several Wayback Burgers franchisees across the country.
In an International Franchise Association (IFA) survey, nearly half identified "financing/access to credit" as the top issue of concern for franchise business leaders...

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Partners With Las Vegas Rescue Mission To Feed Local Families In Need »

January 29, 2015 at 8:33AM PST | Source: Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
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Award-Winning Franchise Launches Love Your Community Fundraiser
January 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS - Capriotti's Sandwich Shop is partnering with the Las Vegas Rescue Mission throughout the month of February to feed families in the area through its Love Your Community fundraiser. From February 1 through February 28, guests are encouraged to show their love all-month long by making a $1 donation during their visit to Capriotti's and to help provide meals within the greater Las Vegas valley.
Last year, Capriotti's has donated over 9,000 pounds of food to the mission and continues to give back to those in need in the Las Vegas area. Over 300,000 people in Clark County are food insecure and often face difficulty when feeding their families, but with the help of the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, are given access to essential meals...

Fort Lauderdale-based Anago Cleaning Systems Endows Nova Southeastern University With Scholarship »

January 29, 2015 at 8:08AM PST | Source: Anago Cleaning Systems
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David Povlitz & Terry Mollica Aspiring Entrepreneur Scholarship Helps Talented Students Overcome Financial Barriers to their Education
January 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Anago Cleaning Systems (Anago) announced the recent endowment of a yearly scholarship for deserving students enrolled in the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
"Scholoarship gifts from our local business partners help the university attract exceptional students and offer them assistance to better enjoy their educational experience," said J. Preston Jones, Dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship. "Anago Cleaning Systems’ generosity will not only touch our students’ lives every day, but inspire them to give back to others in need and make a difference in the world...

RedBrick Pizza® To Expand In Missouri »

January 29, 2015 at 7:59AM PST | Source: RedBrick Pizza

Open Flame Artisan Pizza chain set to open in St. Louis' South County Center
January 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – RedBrick Pizza, the fast-casual restaurant serving up gourmet artisan pizza baked to perfection in just 3 minutes in a 1000? open flame terra cotta oven, and also featuring Italian flatbread sandwiches known as Fhazani®, fresh chopped salads, and all natural gelato, announced its second Missouri restaurant will open at South County Center in St. Louis. The first RedBrick Pizza in Missouri opened January 2015 at Northpark Mall in Joplin. This new location is the first of several restaurants in the area to be developed over the next three years.
Located at 18 South County Centerway, this food court location features the new "Classic Italian" design for RedBrick Pizza Kitchen + Cafe, showcasing the restaurant's open-flame brick oven with elegant wood paneling and touches of classic Italian architecture...

PostNet Ranked A Top Franchise By Franchise Business Review »

January 29, 2015 at 7:55AM PST | Source: PostNet Postal & Business Services

PostNet Ranked 12th in 2015 Top 200 List
DENVER, CO - (Marketwired - Jan 29, 2015) - Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm, announced today that PostNet joins the elite list of companies earning a spot in their annual Top 200 Franchise Companies List. The list, entitled The Best of the Best, Top 200 Franchise Systems List for 2015, ranked hundreds of participating franchise companies by their overall levels of franchise owner satisfaction.
PostNet ranked 12th in its category of business services, which is one of the categories that has the highest number of franchises. The digital printing industry is expected to more than double by 2024, according to a recent report from Smithers PIRA. The digital printing, online marketing and shipping market has an expected combined value of more than $380 billion...

3 Ways Nurse Next Door Franchise Sets Itself Apart For Clients And Caregivers »

January 29, 2015 at 7:49AM PST | Source: Nurse Next Door

Nurse Next Door Franchises Are Miles Ahead of Current Home Care Trends With Their "Happier Aging" Model and 24/7 Care Services Center
VANCOUVER, BC - (Marketwired - Jan 29, 2015) - The demand for senior care is growing quickly and will only accelerate as tens of millions of Baby Boomers pass retirement age and start to need caregivers. Nurse Next Door believes in a holistic approach to those needs, which has helped the company become the largest senior care franchise in Canada and a fast-growing brand in the United States. Nurse Next Door credits its rapid growth, in part, to three factors in the company's care protocol that differentiate them in the home care field.
1. Emphasis on Happier Aging™
Grand View Research, a health care industry research firm, states that key services in the home care market in the future will include rehabilitation, respiratory/infusion and other therapies, remote patient monitoring and illness-specific medical protocols...

Premier Preschool Franchise Opportunities Increase For Entrepreneurs As Company Continues Expansion »

January 29, 2015 at 7:34AM PST | Source: Primrose Schools

Primrose Schools® boasts record growth in 2014 with plans to open 300th school in 2015
ATLANTA - Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Franchise opportunities are growing at Primrose Schools®, a high-quality early education and care provider with more than 290 schools across the country that are independently owned and operated. The company experienced record geographic expansion last year, opening schools in six new states and officially expanding its footprint coast-to-coast.
This strategic growth included opening 19 new schools and awarding 45 franchise agreements, leading to a 13.5 percent increase in overall system revenue in 2014 over 2013. In addition, the premier preschool company plans to open its 300th school – Primrose School of Brookhaven – in Atlanta this spring, marking another major milestone for the franchise brand...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens 1st Fairfield Location »

January 29, 2015 at 7:27AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
January 16, 2015 - Fairfield, OH - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Fairfield on January 7. Franchise owner Michael Ouimet held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, January 7 to Sunday, January 11 to support Fairfield High School.
The new restaurant, located at 5440 Dixie Highway, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Fairfield High School.
Ouiment is an exemplary Jersey Mike's franchise owner who shares the company's commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service, and who is dedicated to giving back to the local community. Since 2010, Jersey Mike's locations throughout the country have raised nearly $10 million for worthy local charities and have distributed more than 750,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes...

Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill Continues National Growth With Expansion Into Greater Vancouver Area »

January 29, 2015 at 7:22AM PST | Source: Costa Vida Restaurants

Local Entrepreneurs Sign Multi-Unit Agreement to Introduce Costa Vida Franchise Locations to Vancouver, Washington
January 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, WA – While Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill continues to gain popularity throughout the country as consumers continue to focus on clean eating habits, the fresh Mexican grill is responding to this increased demand for healthy quick service cuisine with franchise expansion into new markets like the greater Vancouver, WA area and parts of Portland, OR.
Part of Costa Vida's national growth initiative, the local entrepreneurs introducing the franchise concept to the area are Kevin Hepner, Brad Hoffman and Vancouver native, Scott Dickinson. With plans to open the first three Costa Vida franchise locations in the greater Vancouver area by 2017, the business partners are confident in the local reception of the new restaurant to the area...

Right At Home Continues European Expansion; Opens Office In The Netherlands »

January 29, 2015 at 7:16AM PST | Source: Right at Home

Master Franchise Partner Expands Brand Internationally to Provide Simple Solution for Shifting Healthcare Landscape
OMAHA, Neb. - January 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Right at Home, a leading in-home care franchise, continues to position itself at the forefront of the global in-home care industry, starting 2015 off by celebrating its newest opening in The Netherlands, led by Master Franchise Partner and in-home care advocate Peter van de Burgt. Right at Home Nederland will begin offering services to the swiftly expanding elderly Dutch population on 29 January - services that immediately address the need for home care in The Netherlands. The office, located at Alphen a/d Rijn, will support the care needs of the rising elderly adult population, which is expected reach 24...

Togo's Opens In Midtown Sacramento With 1,000 Free Hot Pastrami Or Turkey Avocado Sandwiches »

January 29, 2015 at 7:06AM PST | Source: Togo's Franchisor, LLC

"West Coast Original" Kicks Off with a Fundraiser and One Month of Giveaways
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Togo's Eateries, Inc., a "West Coast Original" since 1971, is celebrating the grand opening of its Midtown Sacramento restaurant by giving away 1,000 Hot Pastrami or Turkey Avocado sandwiches. The grand opening will take place on Thursday, February 5th at 11am at 1420 16th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 (16th Street and O Street). For one month following the opening, 100 guests will have a chance at winning free sandwiches for a year, catering trays, freebies and more. The Togo's team will also host a fundraiser open to the public to benefit Make-A-Wish on Monday, February 2nd from 11:30am-1:30pm. A $5.00 or more donation is requested to receive a regular size sandwich and a drink...

East Coast Wings & Grill Dominates The Casual Dining Sector With Record Sales In 2014 »

January 29, 2015 at 6:55AM PST | Source: East Coast Wings & Grill

North Carolina Chicken Wing Franchise Closes 2014 with Nearly 20 Percent New Store Unit Growth
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - January 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - As the growth of the restaurant sector remains a front runner in the franchise industry, East Coast Wings & Grill, a North Carolina-based chicken franchise concept, experienced a banner year in 2014 with record sales.
Impressing both consumer and investor palates, the franchise continues to answer demand for a family-friendly casual dining experience with a fresh, flavorful menu, and a viable franchise opportunity that focuses on unit level economics to support both operations and development. With 80 locations currently operating or in various stages of development, East Coast Wings & Grill has maintained consistent growth year after year...

GRILLiT To Be An Exhibitor At Franchise Expo South Show »

January 29, 2015 at 6:46AM PST | Source: GRILLiT, Inc.

MIAMI, Fla. - Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - GRILLiT, Inc. (the "Company" or "GRILLiT") (OTC Pink Markets: GRLT) announced that it will be exhibiting at the Franchise Expo South Show, one of the largest franchise expos in the southern U.S. The show is February 5-7, 2015 at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas. GRILLiT will be exhibiting at booth number 213. The show exhibit hours are from Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m./Friday, February 6, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday February 7, 2015 from to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
GRILLiT's Texas Master Franchisors, Bill Roberts and Jaime Torres, along with CEO and President Ghazi Hajj, will be present to meet with prospective franchise owners to discuss business opportunities to establish new GRILLiT franchise locations...

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Appoints S. Kirk Kinsell To Board Of Directors »

January 29, 2015 at 6:31AM PST | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

ATLANTA - January 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, today announced the appointment of S. Kirk Kinsell to its Board of Directors.
Mr. Kinsell is a veteran hospitality executive who was recently named Chief Executive Officer (effective March 2, 2015) of Loews Hotels & Resorts, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Loews Corporation.
Mr. Kinsell has devoted more than 35 years to the hospitality industry. He has spent 19 years with Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) in a variety of senior positions including most recently as President, Americas, with responsibility for the management of more than 3,700 hotels. In his role as President he was responsible for development and performance of all IHG hotel brands and properties in the Americas...

Seattle's CKO Kickboxing Community Shows Everyone Can Be Fit »

January 29, 2015 at 6:23AM PST | Source: CKO Kickboxing

New Moms to Technology Executives Tweet: "Kickboxing Is for Everyone"
SEATTLE - Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - You don't have to be a martial arts master or a Kung Fu fighter to enter a CKO Kickboxing Gym or to own one.
This is the message portrayed through the social media sensation sweeping Seattle.
The #IamCKO campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram shows ordinary people who are achieving extraordinary results with the proprietary workout created by Joseph Andreula over 18 years ago. This amazing workout has spread from New Jersey to the Seattle Washington area.
"Our goal is to show that almost anyone can benefit from the CKO Kickboxing workout. Our members or as we like to refer to them - our CKO Family - initially come to us at different fitness levels," said Joe Andreula, president and founder of the popular fitness franchise CKO Kickboxing, which has more than 60 gyms stretching from coast to coast...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens 1st Athens Location »

January 29, 2015 at 6:00AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
January 16, 2015 - Athens, GA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Athens on January 7. Franchise owner Chris Brown held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, January 7 to Sunday, January 11 to support W.R. Coile Middle School PTSA.
The new restaurant, located at 690 US Highway 29, circulated 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to W.R. Coile Middle School PTSA.
Brown is an exemplary Jersey Mike's franchise owner who shares the company's commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service, and who is dedicated to giving back to the local community. Since 2010, Jersey Mike's locations throughout the country have raised nearly $10 million for worthy local charities and have distributed more than 750,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes...

Sonic Declares Quarterly Dividend »

January 29, 2015 at 5:49AM PST | Source: Sonic Drive-In

OKLAHOMA CITY - January 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.09 per share of common stock to be paid to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 11, 2015, with a payment date of February 20, 2015. In addition to the dividend, the company has a $105 million share repurchase authorization for fiscal 2015.
"Our commitment to return cash to our shareholders through a cash dividend program and a share repurchase program reflects the strength of our brand and franchise business model. As we look forward, we see that our sound business model should generate ample cash to continue to optimize shareholder value in this manner," said Cliff Hudson, Sonic Corp...

Black Bear Diner Guests Save A Lot Of Room For Wishes During Annual Make-A-Wish® Fundraiser »

January 29, 2015 at 5:19AM PST | Source: Black Bear Diners

Black Bear Diner's eighth annual "Save Room For A Wish®" campaign sets a new monthly fundraising record to support Make-A-Wish.
Redding, California (PRWEB) January 29, 2015 - Black Bear Diner is proud to announce that with the help of its loyal guests, it raised $211,381 for Make-A-Wish® during the eighth annual "Save Room For A Wish®" dessert fundraising campaign held from December 1 – 31, 2014. The money raised supports Make-A-Wish in granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The fundraising total eclipses Black Bear Diner's previous campaign record of $202,200 set in 2013.
"We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of our Black Bear Diner guests that participated," said Bob Manley, co-founder of Black Bear Diner...



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